One of my Facebook friends asked which thrift stores were my favorites in New York City. I’ll list them below, and would love to hear yours, from big city or small.
And it got me thinking – what makes a thrift your favorite? Obviously it’s got interesting stuff, and a regular influx of new stock. But what else makes it a top choice? For me it’s:
- Location, naturally. My favorites in NYC “happen” to be in the Village, in easy walking distance. And here at home, the ones within a 5 minute bike or car ride become my favorites. I know there’s a terrific shop in North Melbourne, 19 miles away, but I just don’t get there much.
- Staff. I look forward to my chats with Brian and Ronnie at Molly Mutt. It’s part of the thrift experience, and makes me look forward to shopping there. And as we’ve gotten to know each other, they’ll point out fab stuff that just arrived, or a vintage stash they’re still sorting.
- Who benefits? I am a huge fan of what Goodwill does, and shops that support the homeless, the hungry, and neglected animals get my business.
- General shopping conditions. I know I’m not going to Nordie’s, but I like shops where I can move around a bit, get from rack to rack and find a couple of full length mirrors. Wine and cheese would be nice but not expected ☺. Loud music and mounds of dust send me out the door (I’m old!).
When you’re in the Big Apple, look for these shops. They have the Not Dead Yet seal of thrift approval:
- Monks 175 MacDougal St. OK, this one already breaks rule #3 above: it’s super cramped. But the mix of new and vintage is fabulous, and the prices are good. I got a gorgeous 80’s designer silk blouse for $15, and many more treasure there.
|Monks is crowded but worth it. Check the back room.|
- Housing Works 245 W 10th St, and several other locations. You can shop them online too. Superb for house stuff and fresh, gently used clothing. Last visit they had a bunch of cool restaurant-donated chairs for $2 each.
- Angel Street 118 W 17th St. A different kind of store, with new-looking stock, seconds and samples. Some incredible buys on clothing and accessories. Wonderful, helpful staff and a bright open setting.
- The Cure 111 E 12th St. Funky and fun to shop in, they have a great mix of collectibles, vintage and newer clothing, and an awesome mannequin outside.
Visible Monday is so on for Monday, June 10th. We start early, on Sunday evening, and party all day Saturday. Everyone is welcome to participate! Hope your weekend is fabulous.